THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON DIRECTS HUD TO MAKE FINAL PUSH FOR NEW FEDERAL HOMELESS STRATEGY
The President on September 16 issued the attached directive to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make a final push for the Administration's new federal homeless strategy. In response to the President's Directive, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and HUD Assistant Secretary Andrew Cuomo will begin a nationwide campaign to build and solidify public support for the Federal Plan to Break the Cycle of Homelessness.
In his directive, the President emphasized that "our citizens must understand the principles of the Federal Plan. They must be convinced of the importance of our proposed legislation to reorganize HUD's homeless programs, and they must be persuaded of the critical importance of doubling HUD's homeless budget. Most of all, the President's Directive concluded, "they must understand our eagerness to work in partnership with local governments, not-for-profit providers, advocates, and others to create a comprehensive continuum of care in all our cities and towns."
Secretary Cisneros and Assistant Secretary Cuomo will travel to major cities across the nation to meet with local officials, community leaders and homeless Americans. They will visit homeless facilities in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Detroit, Seattle, Atlanta, Knoxville and other cities.